Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

You might think today’s Task 2 question is easy, but you’d be surprised!

A student in our course recently took the IELTS Exam, and posted this:

Today’s Writing Task 2 was my opinion regarding if more pay leads workers to produce or sell more.

Could this be paraphrased as ‘meritocracy‘ somehow?

Meritocracy is the idea of having an elite group of people whose progress is based on their talent, not their wealth or social class.

So, yes, this word is appropriate for this topic.

Another great word associated is nepotism, in Writing and Speaking Part 3. Nepotism is when people are rewarded or promoted based on their familial connections.

Yet another band 9 word you could use here is plutocracy, when a society is controlled by a small minority of it’s wealthy citizens, and could be applied to companies or systems as well.

This Task 2 question seems superficially easy, but could be answered in a deeper way, using the words above.

Moving on, one side of this issue assumes that workers are rewarded on the basis of their efforts.


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This could be supported by thinking of real jobs or positions that mirror this idea.

For instance, a friend of Jessica’s is a waitress. She labors on the basis of her tips. If she is tipped well, she works harder; in contrast, if she is not on the ball and slow that night, her gratuities reflect this and are poor.

The systems of tipping and commissions support this side- being directly rewarded for hard work.

Nevertheless, there have been studies supporting the opposing side as well.

It has been proven that making a large salary doesn’t necessarily lead to harder work.

Putting forth our best efforts involves more than mere money. It could involve intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for the job as well.

Intrinsic motivation means you are pushing yourself because of passions from inside yourself, whereas extrinsic has to do with outside factors, such as money and position.

Thus, you can see this topic can be explored in high-level ways. If you reflect more deeply about the subject, you can “question the question” and impress the examiner with your stand-out ideas.

Do you think money leads to better performance on the job?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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